Killarney Secondary School

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Killarney Secondary School
Logo killarney.png
"Semper Fidelis"
Always Faithful
6454 Killarney Street
Vancouver, British Columbia, V5S 2X7, Canada
Public transit access 26, 49, 430
School number 03939016
School board School District 39 Vancouver
Superintendent Gary Little
Area trustee Eleanor Gregory
Principal Dave Derpak[1]
Vice principal Chris Parker
Rob Ferguson
School type Secondary school
Grades 8-12
Language English
Area Killarney
Mascot Cougar
Team name Cougars
Colours Green or Grey         
Founded 1957
Enrollment 1997 [2] (September 2009)

Killarney Secondary School is a public secondary school in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The school is named for the area in which it resides. It is the largest public secondary school in the city by area.


Killarney Secondary

Killarney (A and C-Wings) opened in September 1957 with students from grades 7 to 12. The teaching staff consisted of 52 members under the direction of principal Tom Alsbury. Grade 11 was added the following year, and Grade 12 the year after that, with the first class of senior students graduating as the class of 1960.

At the time of the opening, the school was surrounded by vacant land as the areas to the east and south were just beginning to see development. Killarney continued to grow especially as the area south of 49th Avenue matured. November 1961 saw the addition of a new wing to the building which included an auditorium and stage (B-Wing). Just over six years later in December 1967, D-Wing was completed, which greatly expanded and improved upon the existing science and industrial education facilities. In the 1970s, seven portable classrooms were placed on the grounds to accommodate the more than 1,700 students enrolled by that time (construction of a neighbouring secondary school had been delayed). Within a decade, enrollment would reach 2,000 and has remained around this level ever since then. The most recent addition was a new wing containing a new facade/main entrance/foyer, 21 classrooms, a new band-room and a state of the art music lab.


Killarney Secondary is the largest secondary school in Vancouver, and a comprehensive school currently with 2,125 approximate students in grades 8 to 12 with 167 teaching and non-teaching staff. Extra-curricular activities are abundant with more than 35 clubs and a full inter-high school sports program. Killarney has one of the highest enrollments in the district in the senior maths and sciences. The school has enjoyed a multicultural population for many years and includes students from over 35 different countries with a similar number of languages spoken at home.[3]

Fine arts[edit]

Killarney has Vancouver's largest and most varied Fine Arts Program, featuring an internationally recognized music program in band, choral and strings, and award winning programs in art/graphics and drama. The Killarney Secondary Band, Choir and Strings programs have performed world-wide.

KAFT, The Killarney Association for Film and Theater, was established September 2012, with the purpose of promoting the dramatic arts to the students in Killarney Secondary.


Killarney was awarded "Top School" in B.C. by B.C. High School Sports in 2006.


The University of British Columbia Mathematics Department has been releasing a specific annual study of B.C. secondary schools since at least 1987. It is a school-by-school study based on final standings in each December for the various UBC First Year Calculus Courses for students who graduated from secondary schools in British Columbia. Killarney Secondary School ranked in the top third for 13 consecutive years from 1991 to 2003, dropped down the list to 12th (of 21 schools) in 2004, and returned to the top third (5th out of 23 schools) the following year in 2005.[4]

Killarney Secondary School received a rating of 7.2 out of 10 in the 2007 edition of The Fraser Institute's Report Card on Secondary Schools in British Columbia and Yukon. It ranked 80th out of the 291 schools ranked in the report card.[5]

Some successful clubs that have effected change in the community include the Service Club, Key Club, Model United Nations Club, Environment Club and the Japan club.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ Killarney Student Bulletin
  2. ^ "VSB Ready Reference" (PDF). January 2010. p. 13. 
  3. ^ "VSB Ready Reference". Retrieved 2010-01-20. 
  4. ^ "First Year Calculus Results". Mathematics Department at UBC. Retrieved 2007-02-13. 
  5. ^ "Report Card on Secondary Schools in British Columbia and Yukon". Retrieved 2007-09-20. 
  6. ^ Clarke, Mike. "Photos: Asian Film Awards". The Vancouver Sun. 
  7. ^ Chong, Andrew. "Lucic Steps Up Again And Again". Hockey Now BC Edition. Retrieved 2008-05-09. 
  8. ^ Fink, Jerry (November 25, 2005). "Colin doesn't make mockery of LV comedy". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved 2009-03-19. 
  9. ^
  10. ^ "Jenna Talackova’s journey from First Nation to Miss Universe contestant". National Post, April 5, 2012.

External links[edit]

School reports - Ministry of education[edit]

Coordinates: 49°13′31.4″N 123°2′42.8″W / 49.225389°N 123.045222°W / 49.225389; -123.045222